POTTSVILLE - The Pine Grove bench started to celebrate before the final buzzer went off.
When it finally did, the Cardinals rushed the field, with most of them heading toward goalkeeper Jen Kaufman.
It's been a season of firsts for the Pine Grove girls' soccer program. The Cardinals added to it Saturday.
Freshmen Mariah Lesh and Rachel Edge both scored twice as the Cardinals overwhelmed Schuylkill Haven with five unanswered second-half goals in a 6-1 victory over the Hurricanes during the Schuylkill League championship game at Alumni Field Oct. 18.
Several Schuylkill League teams received the top seeds in their respective sports for the District 11 playoffs which were to begin Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Not surprisingly, many are Schuylkill League champions.
The Marian girls' volleyball team begins its quest to defend its PIAA title by taking the top seed in the District 11 Class A playoffs.
Pine Grove's girls' soccer team looks to follow its historic run to its first Schuylkill League title with a No. 1 ranking in the Class A bracket.
MINERSVILLE - Junior outside hitter Maureen Kloap can often be viewed as a supporting player on a deep Marian girls' volleyball team, but when it came time to establish some momentum in the Schuylkill League semifinal match against Millersburg, she came up big in the most basic way.
"It's definitely a large component because it's a point in the game where I can control what I can do," Kloap said about her serve.